Pocket PC, modular PC and thin client are all largely obsolete terms connected mentally to long-gone or failed initiatives. In many ways, though, this was because the market and technology just weren't ready.
Ophelia, far from being a thin client, is more of a "cloud client," representing thinking that blends a smartphone, new streaming servers such as the NVidia Grid and the power of cloud computing into something very different.
Dell may have announced something powerful and disruptive with Project Ophelia, but even more powerful and disruptive was the fact that the Wyse division that launched it has turned out more powerful than the bigger, more valuable Palm, thanks to Dell's approach to acquisition.
Rob Enderle is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. Previously, he was the Senior Research Fellow for Forrester Research and the Giga Information Group. Prior to that he worked for IBM and held positions in Internal Audit, Competitive Analysis, Marketing, Finance and Security. Currently, Enderle writes on emerging technology, security and Linux for a variety of publications and appears on national news TV shows that include CNBC, FOX, Bloomberg and NPR.
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